Artists :Jana Branca

(5 cm thick) Painting does not need to be framed
—sides are painted as well
Size of canvas1225 x 1500mm

R25 000

This self-portrait, as an exploration of the self, deals with creation and the fabrication of flesh, both as a process and a substance. In reference to Psalm 139, a weave-like paint application explores the ‘fibre of life’ and expresses the involvement of a divine hand.

The re-creative act eliminates chance, and ominously allures to mortality as the ball of twine is expected to unravel. This is ironically met with the monumental scale and immortalizing nature of oil paint. Furthermore a distinction between body, and soul and spirit, is suggested by the thin twine twisting and bending; not concrete, but indeed delicately constructed almost like a mock piece of knitwear to the true self. 

 As creature attempts to create, the notion of authenticity is brought into question as here, re-creation finds identity in creation and creation ultimately finds its identity in the creator. 

Nog n interressantheid oor die werk: Hierdie werk was die eerste poging van die kunstenaar met die tegniek. (Letterlik inspuitings met naalde vol gelaai met verf en so geweef). Die kunstenaar het aan gedui dat dit maande gevat het om te voltooi end at sy letterlik permanente hand skade op gedoen het vat die die gespuitery) – Sy woon nou in Nieu Zeeland.

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